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Senior Wildlife Crime Data Analyst

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Sectors Terrestrial / Aquatic Ecology & Conservation
Location Malaysia - Asia & M East
Type Fixed Term and Permanent Roles
Status Full Time
Level Senior Level
Deadline 24/05/2018
Company Name TRAFFIC International
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Telephone 01223 277427
Fax 01223 277237
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TRAFFIC, the wildlife trade monitoring network, works to ensure that trade in wild animals and plants is not a threat to the conservation of nature. It actively monitors and investigates wildlife trade and provides information to diverse audiences worldwide as a basis for effective conservation policies and programmes. TRAFFIC is a strategic alliance of the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) and International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN). TRAFFIC is an international network which is organised into six regional hubs.
Purpose of Job

The Senior Wildlife Crime Data Analyst will be responsible for managing, analysing and reporting on all wildlife trade related crime in the region. Information sourced from TRAFFIC’s market investigations, informant intelligence and seizures made by law enforcement will be analysed applying a criminological approach. The monitoring, analysis and utilisation of wildlife crime data in Southeast Asia in this manner will aid the definition and scope of the problem and thereby develop a clear understanding, and proactive ability to combat, illegal wildlife trade in this region.

Effective analysis and reporting on wildlife crime records and networks will improve TRAFFIC’s law enforcement support through the identification and understanding of trade trends and key personnel, locations and methods involved. In doing so, it will enhance enforcement through more targeted training and seizure intelligence as well as improved evidence visibility for assisting with prosecution.

Specific Duties and Responsibilities

1. To lead on the analysis of crime data in a systematic way, based on information compiled on seizures, poaching, market observations and intelligence gathering exercises, to ensure the provision of actionable information to law enforcement agencies concerning the illegal killing of and trade in key threatened species in Southeast Asia;

2. Data is analysed with particular focus given to the identification and mapping of criminal networks according to threat level by a range of variables, for example, by: perpetrator, location, species, means of transit and/or association with other illicit goods.

3. Developed intelligence to be provided in timely reports to aid law enforcement action (eg, to Interpol, Customs, domestic Police, CITES management authorities and wildlife rescue groups).

4. To produce a set of analytical standards and develop a commissioning process for the production of TRAFFIC reports in Southeast Asia;

5. To ensure intelligence collection and reporting in the region is aligned to the 5x5x5 risk matrix for the purposes of professionalising TRAFFIC’s handling of this type of information;

6. To ensure that TRAFFIC team members who are collecting information in Southeast Asia are doing so in the appropriate manner, to ensure that information collected can yield the best results for law enforcement intervention;

7. To liaise with TRAFFIC and WWF colleagues, (inter-) governmental and non-governmental organisations to obtain and / or share relevant data and analysis and develop Information Sharing Agreements as and when necessary;

8. To work closely with the TRAFFIC Global Database Manager on TRAFFIC Information System (i2) coordination in Southeast Asia

9. To raise awareness of the extent and impacts of wildlife crime on the conservation of threatened species with key partners, stakeholders and community audiences

10. To supervise and guide TRAFFIC Southeast Asia’s Research and Data Entry team, who will assist the Senior Wildlife Crime Data Analyst in compiling and researching information regarding enforcement actions along with research about trends in wildlife trade;

11. The management of projects related to the collation and analysis of trade data, site specific projects or other as deemed appropriate, including timely reporting to donors.

Key Outputs

1. To produce a Strategic Threat Assessment for Southeast Asia on identified issues and priorities to determine and guide TRAFFIC’s intelligence-led approach;

2. Regular tactical threat assessments of the current wildlife trade situation at national and regional levels by using a criminal intelligence approach and shared with relevant partners and law enforcement agencies, TRAFFIC and WWF colleagues;

3. Articles for publication (either as a TRAFFIC publication or other external publications) on the trends and implications of facets of illegal wildlife trade in addition to highlighting examples of success and/or innovative approaches as achieved through this role;

4. To identify needs, and deliver recommendations, for improvement of enforcement and legislation regulating wildlife trade in Southeast Asia;

5. Lead in the regular production of the TRAFFIC Southeast Asia wildlife crime newsletter.
  • Specifications

1. A university degree or postgraduate degree in a relevant discipline (e.g. data-analysis and/or applied statistics, criminology, biology, law, economics or another relevant social science).

2. (International) work experience in the field of nature conservation or another relevant field such as (wildlife) law enforcement.

3. Familiarity with major trends in wildlife conservation policy and issues relevant to the trade in wild animals and plants.

4. Familiarity with and an interest in law enforcement, wildlife conservation, environmental and socio-economic issues in the Asian context will be an advantage;

5. Proficiency in managing and analysing complex datasets with proven experience of developing SMART recommendations;

6. Experience with compilation and analysis of data in Excel and with GIS software. Experience with statistical analysis is an advantage;

7. Fluency in English and excellent English writing skills – with working knowledge of any East, Southeast or South Asian languages an advantage;

8. Good interpersonal skills and ability to work effectively as part of a diverse team as well as independently, with respect for and sensitivity to multi-cultural approaches;

9. An eye for detail and a keen interest and ability to recognise and uncover connections between data is essential;

10. Independent thinker and showing initiative in developing innovative approaches.

Applicants are requested to apply online through the HR Management System, by opening the vacancy announcement and pressing the "Apply" button.

Applicants will be asked to create an account and submit their profile information. Applications will not be accepted after the closing date. The vacancy closes at midnight, Swiss time (GMT+1 / GMT+2 during Daylight Saving Time, DST). Please note that only selected applicants will be personally contacted for interviews.

Other job opportunities are published in the IUCN website: http://www.iucn.org/involved/jobs/

About IUCN

IUCN is a membership Union uniquely composed of both government and civil society organisations. It provides public, private and non-governmental organisations with the knowledge and tools that enable human progress, economic development and nature conservation to take place together.

Created in 1948, IUCN is now the world’s largest and most diverse environmental network, harnessing the knowledge, resources and reach of more than 1,300 Member organisations and some 10,000 experts. It is a leading provider of conservation data, assessments and analysis. Its broad membership enables IUCN to fill the role of incubator and trusted repository of best practices, tools and international standards.

IUCN provides a neutral space in which diverse stakeholders including governments, NGOs, scientists, businesses, local communities, indigenous peoples organisations and others can work together to forge and implement solutions to environmental challenges and achieve sustainable development.

Working with many partners and supporters, IUCN implements a large and diverse portfolio of conservation projects worldwide. Combining the latest science with the traditional knowledge of local communities, these projects work to reverse habitat loss, restore ecosystems and improve people’s well-being.

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